It’s important to have balance and variety in our lives so, as a counterpoint to my post about doing more exercise, I’d also encourage you to find time to do nothing every day.
Make time for doing nothing
Have you noticed people in waiting rooms and queues, at bus stops and on trains, in fact everywhere, as they whip their phones out to fill a free moment? We browse the internet, post on social media and catch up with emails and texts all hours of the day.
We’re all so hooked on being wired-in all the time, being busy and productive, keeping up with the world and our friend’s lives. As a result we rarely let our brains and minds have time for free-thinking. Have you ever noticed that when out for a walk or just gazing out of a window you have your best ideas? I know that happens to me all the time on walks. It’s because you have literally freed your mind, and it’s absolutely vital for wellbeing.
Live the real moments
By always looking at a device, or listening to something on a device, we miss what’s happening in real life. At concerts you see people photographing and videoing the concert instead of really engaging their soul with it. So obsessed with sharing it that they miss a huge part of the joy of live performance. Sitting on a train we miss what’s going on outside the window, the mind-freeing scenery that’s going by, the chance to stare and think, because we’re browsing Facebook or Instagram, or working on a laptop.
Set some time aside for yourself every single day to do nothing, to just sit and stare or walk and stare. You will absolutely find yourself feeling calmer and better as a result. Even listening to music or podcasts interrupts that space our brains need.
Just switch off, REALLY REALLY switch off. You won’t miss anything but you will gain so so much.
Think for yourself, or others will gladly think for you.